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About our research impact

Southampton Archaeology was ranked third in the UK for research impact, recognising the role that our research plays in enhancing the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life of people in the UK and internationally.

Our work included protecting maritime coastal heritage globally, influencing policy and management of prehistoric landscapes in the UK, and supporting policy and business development in the context of Roman archaeology in Italy. Our archaeologists make a significant impact on how the past is recorded and presented, this in turn enhances the economic and cultural life of millions, and how it will be preserved for the future.

Necklace, Miriam Jones
Necklace, Miriam Jones. Produced during the CinBA Live Project

Archaeology, Creativity, and Craft

Professor Jo Sofaer has investigated the potential for prehistoric objects as a source of inspiration for contemporary creative practice. Her research has informed career trajectories, led to new creative outcomes including influencing a touring exhibition, and built formal relationships between academia, heritage and the creative industries.

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Portus marble head
Portus marble head

Portus: The Maritime Dimension of Imperial Rome

A study of Portus, the maritime port of Imperial Rome, has had a significant influence on how the state authorities in Rome manage archaeological sites. Its findings show that commercial activity at the port was far greater than previously understood, enabling academics to reappraise the site’s significance and increase public awareness of it around the world.

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Shipwreck in the Black Sea
Our Centre for Maritime Archaeology led an international collaborative survey of the Bulgarian waters of the Black Sea

The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project

Our Centre for Maritime Archaeology led an international collaborative survey of the Bulgarian waters of the Black Sea, making unique discoveries such as ancient shipwrecks that captured the fascination of millions globally through international newspapers, an interactive roadshow, documentaries, exhibitions and educational programmes.

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